Informative Speech on Therapy Dogs
Mrs. Wendy Lai
Specific Purpose: To inform the audience of the use and certification process of Therapy dogs.
Central Idea: To inform the audience about the benefits of using a Therapy dog and how to identify a dog to get it certified.
Attention Getter: The feeling of coming home and getting greeted with so much love by a little creature could brighten up anyone’s day. Knowing that you are loved unconditionally is the greatest feeling. This is what it feels like to have the love of a dog.
Audience Identification: For you all, that have a dog you know that feeling of being cared for and loved. You know that you can just go home and relax with your dog and forget about the bad day you might have had.
Speaker Credibility: With the research I made I discovered that there are Therapy dogs who are trained to give affection and comfort to people that are in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas and people with learning difficulties. Central Idea: I will explain what the benefits are for having a Therapy dog and what it takes to certify a Therapy dog.
Signpost: First, let’s talk about what the benefits are of having a Therapy dog.
I. The two main physical benefits are lowering blood pressure and increasing the levels of oxytocin.
A. High blood pressure is associated with rapid heart rate, anxiety or stress.
1. These conditions are mainly psychological that can be cured certain therapy methods.
2. Petting a dog can create a positive atmosphere such as friendship and affection; by practicing this type of therapy, it can reduce anxiety and will finally lower blood pressure and heart rate.
B. Therapy dogs can increase levels of oxytocin, which can boost happiness, improve empathy, stimulate better pair bonding and promote a happier life.
1. Therapy dogs can improve your mental stability by reducing anxiety and build confidence.
2. For people suffering from with anxiety having a dog
Cited: “5 Health Benefits of Therapy Dogs” by Sarah Grace published in 2012 “Animal Assisted Therapy in Mental Health” The SCAS Journal 2010 “Information Resource on Assistance Animals for the Disabled” Nal.usda.gov 9-19-2011 Revised ADA Requirements: Service Animals 2011